I’ve long been a fan of the afternoon nap, an exercise which rejuvenates the mind and energises the body. We even planned an actual “nap room” in our Biznews offices at the JSE after seeing the two they had at the Huffington Post in NewYork.
History is replete with devotees of the afternoon nap. Winston Churchill’s two hour break was not negotiable – he even kept a bed in the Houses of Parliament. US President John F Kennedy’s schedule started with lunch in bed followed by at least an hour’s nap with Jackie alongside. JFK’s successor Lyndon Johnson broke religiously for his half hour snooze at 3:30pm.
The restorative power of sleep is massively under-rated. More should pay attention to the great racehorse breeder Federico Tesio who explained “All life is based on the consumption of energy to achieve supremacy, and then rest to recover the energy before beginning again the struggle for supremacy.”
So if you’re looking for supremacy in your own life, take Tesio’s advice: Hit the hay.